Analysis of an argument: Some missteps to avoid

January 27, 2013

This video has been swirling around the libertarian wing of my facebook feed, specifically the Judge Andrew Napolitano page. Progressive journalist Thom Hartmann and Austin Peterson, Director of Production at FreedomWorks and editor of the Libertarian Republic have a heated discussion over the alleged right to health care on Thom’s TV program, The Big Picture. Here’s what all went down:

Of course Thom mangled the libertarian point of view. Of course I agree with Austin, but his performance disappointed me. Here are three missteps to avoid in discussion.  Read the rest of this entry »


Links for March 8, 2010: Philly Bars Raided for Serving Unregistered Beers, Hitchens on Rand, others….

March 18, 2010
  1. Philadelphia Daily News | Troopers raid popular bars for unlicensed beers: Dozens of gallons seized after 'citizen complaint'

    "'My main beef with this whole convoluted situation is that the PLCB is the sole regulator of a set of products that they do not even know the names of,' she said." … "Maida said that the couple's attorney had told them that they have until 6 p.m. tonight to compile evidence to prove that the confiscated beer is properly registered. 'The onus is on us to prove our innocence,' she said."

    I'm trying to imagine these citizens who apparently carry the PLCB list of registered beers in their hip pockets, just in case somebody offers them a beer they do not recognize….

  2. YouTube | Hitchens Destroys the Cult of Ayn Rand

    I've never read any Ayn Rand. I bought "The Fountainhead" in audiobook form on clearance a couple months ago. I have not yet listened. Based on what I've heard about her and her cult, I do not disagree with anything Hitchens says here. I understand that Rand had no love for the Libertarian Party. Read the rest of this entry »


Links for Febrauary 20, 2010: Can Socialized Medicine Beat a Faux Market?, SEPTA gripes, others….

February 21, 2010
Health care Systems

Where does our Frankenstein's Monster health care system fit on this map?

  1. Little Alex in Wonderland | Honest Statism Beats a Fake ‘Free Market’ Every Time

    “The point, Welch said, is not that a socialized system is better than a private system.  The point is that their honestly socialized system is better than our socialized corporate system masquerading as a ‘private’ one.”  —- An idea I played with a while ago, after having watched Michael Moore’s SiCKO during the summer of 2008 (SiCKO has opened me to the possibility that a [sic] socialized health care may even be better for us than the congressional-industrial complex that apparently controls health care in this country today.”). It’s good to see Matt Welch at Reason.com on the same page. Boy, this commentating stuff is easy! I still don’t buy the claim, made later in the article, that the public option would be self-financing, but perhaps there is something to be said for the “competition” it would create.

  2. The Christian Science Monitor | Greenspan the libertarian

    Good to see the Christian Science Monitor cross-posting from the Mises Institute blog! The post endeavors to set the record straight on “Greenspan the libertarian”, but it is very poorly titled, and was so in the original post.

  3. Lost Liberty Café | SEPTA… and a Gun

    I was wondering myself why SEPTA has no competition. Other busses are apparenlty legally allowed in Philadelphia, but may be thwarted by regulations and union activities. See Section 9-403 of Philadelphia’s municipal code for more on Philadelphia’s bussing regulations. Read the rest of this entry »


links for 2010-02-10

February 11, 2010
  1. The Barr Code | Canadian Premier comes to US for heart surgery

    "This episode simply reflects the reality that procedures such as those which the Canadian provincial leader underwent — which are not always available elsewhere – are always readily available in the United States." —- The universal health care crowd would respond: "Yes, they are available….but only to the RICH!" To me, it always comes back to freedom of association. If you have money, and you can afford to pay for a procedure, then you should be allowed to.

  2. Mises Institute | Arguments Against Anarchy – Jarret B. Wollstein

    I've been on the fence between minarchism and anarchism for quite some time. Counter-arguments like this make the anarchist position sound sensible to me. This is the endgame of libertarian theory. We don't have to deal directly with this sort of issue until our other libertarian experiments work out as well as we expect them to. Those who are uncomfortable with jettisoning government altogether can rest assured that the Libertarian Party platform still accepts the validity of a minimal government maintained only to secure individual rights.


Libertarian Watches SiCKO, Remains Libertarian.

August 11, 2008

My friend and Libertarian guru Nik encouraged me to watch Michael Moore’s SiCKO last month.  He said it struck a chord with him, and that after seeing what Big Pharm and the Health Industry puts people through, he is now considering looking into some sort of national health program.  Universal health care is anathema to most Libertarians.  Read the rest of this entry »